Sally Rowe, 83

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GILFORD — Sally Rowe, 83, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by loved ones.

Sally overcame a turbulent childhood and with willful determination, handcrafted her own path to a rich and rewarding life full of irreplaceable relationships with others.

She met her husband, Robert Rowe, while working at New England Telephone and Telegraph, and they settled in Gilford, where they raised their three children, Ron, Lynne and Tony. She dedicated her life to her three children and donated a huge portion of her time, love and creativity to Gilford High School and the community.

She had a special love for the birds and animals and was the kind of woman that wasn’t afraid to grab a cow and walk him home or stop traffic for a family of ducks. If she isn’t a testament for the selfless love and strength we can all find within ourselves, then I don’t know what is. Those who were fortunate enough to soak in her light will forever love and remember her genuine, unique, caring and spitfire soul.

Sally is survived by her three children, Ron, Lynne and Tony Rowe; her two grandchildren, Emily Rowe and Becky Dalton; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

There truly is no combination of words simple or beautiful enough to capture the essence of Sally Rowe. Sally’s spirit will live on for those that knew her best in simple everyday events like observing the freedom of birds in flight, enjoying the unconditional love of our furry companions, and enjoying a hot cup of coffee and good company at the Soda Shoppe or George’s.

Rejoice in the name of Sally Rowe, give a dog a bone when you have the chance, stay true to what you believe and fill your days with acts of selflessness in her honor.

At her request, no service will be held.

Please make memorial donations to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road Kanab, Utah 84741, or online at

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to

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Janet L. Hellberg, 92

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LACONIA — Janet Lucille (Garrison) Hellberg, 92, of Weirs Beach, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at her beloved home in Weirs Beach. Janet was born in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, on June 16, 1925, to Wiliam B. and Henrietta (Scott) Garrison. Janet was raised in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, and graduated from Lynbrook High School.

Janet and her loving husband of 66 years, Robert J. Hellberg, relocated from Huntington Station, Long Island, New York, to Weirs Beach in 1970 where they owned and operated Singing Cove Cottages, now known as Singing Cove R.V. Park for 47 years. She also was employed by O’Shea’s Department Store for many years and Metz Electronics Corporation Noyes Fiber Systems until her retirement.

Janet loved raising her family with an abundance of love, kindness, compassion, unselfishness, adventure and fun. She also loved animals especially her cats, crossword puzzles, boating and sewing. Her sweet kindness and gentle soul was recognized by everyone she met.

Janet is survived by her son, William B. Hellberg of Northfield; daughter, Jo Ann G. Hellberg of Moultonborough; granddaughter, Sara B. Valentino and her husband, Charles Valentino; great-granddaughters, Alanah Sirles and Maleighka Valentino, and great-grandsons, Riley and Aiden Valentino; and one sister, Joyce Corsell of Michigan. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Hellberg; twin sister, Jean Devaney; and older sister, Madeleine Greye.

There will be no calling hours.

Donations may be made in her memory to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247.

A family celebration of life will be held in the spring.
The Mayhew Funeral Home and Meredith Bay Crematorium are assisting the family with arrangements. To view Janet’s online book of memories go to

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Everett A. Houston, 88

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LACONIA — Everett Allen Houston of Laconia, 88, died suddenly on Nov. 28, 2017, while outdoors at the home he built in 1964. 
Everett was born to the late Everett Y. Houston and Blanche A. Houston in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1929, and grew up on his family’s farm in Contoocook. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953, deployed in Germany, and achieved the rank of corporal.  After discharge, he attended New England College and earned a bachelor’s degree in contract engineering. He worked for the New Hampshire Highway Department for a few years, but then joined the United States Forest Service, where he had a long and happy 30-year career in the White Mountain National Forest, until his retirement in 1993.  
Everett was happily married to his wife, Marianne Laura (Manderscheid) Houston, until her death in 2010. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Kurt and Toni Houston, and his daughter and son-in-law Birgit Houston and Douglas Robinson, as well as his grandchildren Christopher and Caitlin Houston, and Eric, Marc and Tara Robinson.  He has one great-grandson, Theo Young.  He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Donald and Joanne Houston, sisters-in-law Edith and Barbara Houston, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  
Despite the loss of his wife, Everett lived his life to the fullest until the moment he died. His joys came from visiting with his family, watching his grandson Chris play in golf tournaments, watching his granddaughter Caitlin ski, as well as continuing recreational skiing himself.  Everett had a passion for the outdoors and could often be found walking in his neighborhood with friends, or working in his yard.  He was loved by children young and old, and was well known for his big heart and sense of humor.
A memorial service will be held for Everett at Slusser Senior Center, 41 Houston Drive, Contoocook, on Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. We welcome verbal remembrances and tributes from all who attend.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Everett’s name to the Conquer Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 896076, Charlotte, NC 28289-6076 or online at  Conquer
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements.  For more information and to view an online memorial, go to

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Lydia A. Karagianis, 96

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LACONIA — Lydia Ann Karagianis, a former English teacher and author, died peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at The St. Francis Nursing Home, at the age of 96. She lived in Laconia for 58 years.

Lydia was born Dec. 21, 1920, in Alston, Massachusetts, daughter to the late Stratis and Paulina (Pandopolis) Kouroyen. She grew up in the Alston/Brighton area of Boston. Lydia graduated from The Girls Latin School of Boston and then went on to graduate from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1943. She received her master's degree in English from The Teachers College of Massachusetts in 1944. Lydia began her teaching career in the Boston Public Schools in September 1944. In 1954 Lydia was awarded The Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Excellence. Her teaching sabbatical within the Fulbright Program was to teach in Athens, Greece for a year, where she taught Greek high school students English writing skills. She returned to Boston to continue her teaching career until 1959.

Lydia married Peter S. Karagianis and moved to Laconia in June of 1959. Here in Laconia she began her 10-year-plus work on her book "Smoldering Smyrna." A documentation of her family's struggles in the Greek province of Smyrna (now Izmir) on the coast of Turkey. Her book chronicles her mother's life of persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Ottoman Turks and her fight to come to a better place, America, as a 16-year-old young lady. The title "Smoldering Smyrna" depicts how the traumas of ethnic cleansing tends to go through cycles throughout history, flaring up at times and then cooling off, "Smoldering," but the ethnic cleansing never seems to completely stop. A very applicable book in these turbulent times around the globe today.

While in Laconia, Lydia made quiet and countless contributions to community life. In the '60s and '70s she taught in the Laconia public schools. She was a member and president of the Ladies Philoptohos Society at the Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church of Laconia for over 40 years. She was a member of the Radcliffe Club of New Hampshire, The Laconia Women's Club, and the Belknap Mill Society.

What she loved most was to go out to dinner or breakfast with her three grandchildren, Nicole, Evan and Christian, and her son, Peter, and his wife, Jane.

Lydia is survived by her loving son, S. Peter Karagianis and his wife, Jane Karagianis, of Gilford; three grandchildren, Nicole, Evan and Christian Karagianis, all of Gilford (grandchildren now living in Boston). Lydia has a living sister ,Antoinette, who is 107 years old and living in Bethesda Maryland. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her three brothers, Alexander, Socrates and Kimeon Kouroyen, and her husband, Peter S. Karagianis.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance .

A funeral service will be celebrated on Monday, Dec.11, at 10 a.m. at Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, 811 N. Main St., Laconia. Burial will follow in the family lot at Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia.

Flowers or a memorial donation be made in Lydia's memory to: Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, 811 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to

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